Oh my, the Internet sure is awesome!
Oh my, the Internet sure is awesome!
I picked up the Pinball Gold Pack from GoG the other day which is a collection of twenty classic tables from the Pinball series produced by DiCE in the 1990′s. I use to (and still do) play these predominately on my Amiga but thought it would be nice to have this particular collection on my netbook especially as GoG have wrapped them around one of their nifty DOSbox launchers.
The Pinball Gold Pack includes Pinball Dreams 1 and 2, Pinball Illusions and Pinball Fantasies/Pinball Mania which is more than enough 2D retro pinball to keep me happy and perfect for a quick casual game.
I’m starting at the beginning with the first game release and the first table – Pinball Dreams – Ignition.
This is a quick photo stitch I did, as per norm, these table are spread over two vertically scrolling screens.
It wasn’t until I was browsing around the internet for more information on the table designs when I happened to come across the work of talented modders who had taken the original 2D design and created a fully playable 3D version of Ignition (and many more DiCE tables) for the free pinball sim – Future Pinball.
Now this is more like it – absolutely loving the lighting modifications and score box.
The originals games will always be Amiga classics in my book but you’re got to admit this looks flippin (sorry!) ace doesn’t it?
If you fancy giving this one a go yourself, you’ll need -
Future Pinball - http://www.futurepinball.com/
Ignition table for Future Pinball - http://www.pinsimdb.org/pinball/table-396-ignition
…and some virtual coins.
…and a secondary screen if you want to enhance the experience.
or, if you want to re\visit the original 2D classics, $9.99 for Pinball Gold is pretty reasonable - http://www.gog.com/game/pinball_gold_pack although GoG do tend to have this on special offer from time to time.
Now imagine those buttons mapped to keys redefined in your favourite emulated space/flight sim. I could play classic lunar lander for hours!
Enjoying a cuppa before work and the very latest issue Commodore Free magazine. I’ll check out the cover tape later on – especially the downhill skiing game.
Check out all the Commodore goodness inside -
* Reader’s Comments
* Commodore Free E-Cover Tape #10
* General News
– QLink Recordings
– Printable 1541 Ultimate Case
– VICE Emulator Online
– C64 Studio Updated
* C64 News
– Head On and Comet Chat 1.5
– Computer Club 2 C64
– WOW C64 Surround Sound
* VIC 20 News
– VIC-20 Flash Memory Expansion
– DOOM VIC 20
– Pooyan(20) Released For The VIC
– VIC Tunnel Released
– Fast Boy and Bolder Dan Released
* Plus/4 News
– The NST’s Monitor Extension
* PET News
– Editors ROM
* Amiga News
– Amiga Emulation In Chrome Browser
– TurboFlyer 530
– Putty Squad Coming To Amiga
– WinUAE Updated 2.7.0
– Never Been So Much Fun
* Review: Bomberland
* Interview With Samar Productions
* Review: Fastboy for the VIC 20
* Review: Bolder Dan for the VIC 20
* Interview With Misfit
* Review: Pooyan for the VIC 20
* Interview With Adrian Fox
* The Assembly Line – Part $00
Head on over to http://www.commodorefree.com to grab your copy and if you happen to have a tablet, checkout the new Html5 versions too.
If you’ve done swearing at your Atari after the release of Flappo Bird on the 2600 a few weeks ago (http://tacsgames.itch.io/flappo-bird), how about taking it out on your Sinclair ZX81 or MB Vectrex next? Both of these vintage systems have just seen the release of their own clones of the infuriating addictive Flappy Bird. Actually, the ZX81 and mighty Vec both deserve plenty of TLC and love so maybe it’ll be best to try these games out on emulation instead?…in fact, go hug your Vectrex right now
Quack, for the ZX81 is by Bob, of Bob’s Stuff – maker of incredibly fun and playable games for the ZX81 (and ZX Spectrum). and has a knack for squeezing every ounce of fun juice out of the tiny 81.
Yup, the ZX81 keyboard might be a bit pants but in this game but you’ll only need one. Mash away!
Tap to fly and avoid everything el…..dammit, faceplanted again! Can you beat my whopping high score of (fanfare) four points?
Over on the Vectrex we have VeccyBird and you’ll have to do a little more tapping to keep ‘flappy’ or whatever it’s name is, aloft and out of trouble.
Yup, I suck at this too…I think I’ve only made it past the third tube but like the original you just can’t put it down.
So there you go, two more fantastic clones of a game the world loves and hates….and hates…and then loves a bit more
Here’s the links -